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Modern LAN Guest Blog: Outside-in, Build the Network Around the Devices You’re Using

By Dilip Srangan, Frost & Sullivan Global Research Director, Internet of Things (IoT) & Digital Transformation

Here at Frost & Sullivan, my colleagues and I have been looking at the conventional wisdom associated with building and supporting local area networks, and we came away with a serious question: Is the current way to do things actually the best way to support the Internet of Things (IoT)? The answer, it seems, is no.

The IoT has a significant impact on business networks, and all of the related requirements—including power, bandwidth and even where devices are deployed—are unique from anything else on the network. As a result, the way most network architects have grown up thinking about the LAN doesn’t work anymore. It’s clear that the industry needs a modern approach to network design. Modern LAN principles, developed by Frost & Sullivan, seek to develop a new set of best practices around local network design.

The first principle guiding Modern LAN design is one that particularly speaks to the challenge of incorporating IoT into a local area network: Adopt an outside-in approach to local area network design and planning. Before new endpoints are deployed, network managers must identify the power, bandwidth and application requirements of each unique physical device, in order to determine the best topology and infrastructure to support it.

Most network designs focus on the core network and move out to the devices that run on it. That delivers a homogeneous network, but it ignores the needs of the devices themselves—and the business benefits that said devices provide. If they take this approach as they embrace the IoT, businesses will likely pay for network bandwidth they don’t need, create a power over Ethernet (PoE) distribution nightmare and rack up a very large cabling bill.

The outside-in approach turns the design on its head, focusing on the devices at the end of the network matching them with the most appropriate network switches and power distribution infrastructure. With the outside-in principle applied, the network is more efficient and optimized for all the devices that connect to it. That, in turn, ensures better performance, thereby delivering the benefits and ROI promised by digital transformation and the IoT. Businesses can even save a few bucks by using existing and still useful wiring.

Outside-in is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age”.

Thank you, Dilip for your expert insight into Modern LAN design. Keep it locked on the NVT Phybridge news page for more industry analysis into the Modern LAN principles.

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NVT Phybridge FLEX Extender Kits Win 2018 Benchmark Innovation Award

Ontario, Canada (August 9, 2018) – NVT Phybridge FLEX Extender Kits have been named as the winner of the 2018 Benchmark Innovation Award in infrastructure.

The FLEX Extender Kits build on the success of the award-winning FLEX family of products, designed to extend PoE over new or existing infrastructures up to 2,000ft (610m) – 6Xs farther than standard Ethernet switches. The kits, along with the entire FLEX family of products, have already helped hundreds of organizations all over the world facilitate a simple, secure and cost-effective modernization to IP.

“We are so proud to receive this award. Our customers trust NVT Phybridge solutions to meet their most demanding security and uptime requirements during IP modernizations. The FLEX Extender Kits allow us to better execute on our mission to help every customer lower costs and disruption while providing a secure and robust PoE platform”, said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “Receiving this award provides further validation that our innovative solutions have achieved the highest level of confidence in the industry.”

NVT Phybridge is the leader in Power over Long Reach Ethernet (PoLRE) using Modern LAN principles and technology to make IP connections efficient and cost-effective. The CHARIoT Series of switches help customers modernize to an IP-based network, transforming their new or existing infrastructure into an IP path with power. NVT Phybridge is a North American-based technology company with global reach dedicated to practical innovation, producing innovative and affordable solutions for over 24 years, with technology that is currently supporting millions of IoT endpoints.

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Success Story: New Mexico State University Prevents 21 Tons of E-Waste While Modernizing to 7,000 IP Phones

New Mexico State University (NMSU) has been serving the educational needs of their multi-cultural population since 1888. The land-grant university excels in teaching, research and public service, preparing students for careers in agriculture, the sciences, business, education, engineering, the arts, and social services. As part of their commitment to excellence in education, the university decided to modernize their communications platform.

NMSU’s existing analog communication system was approaching end-of-life. The university wanted a refresh and was looking to take advantage of IP phones and applications to increase efficiency. However, operating in around 100 buildings spread across a 900-acre campus significantly complicated the project. High cost, business disruption, and length of deployment time were major concerns, as the university first needed to upgrade their infrastructure to support the communications system.

Environmental Stewardship

With a large focus on agricultural studies, NMSU understands the vital importance of preserving Earth’s precious and limited resources, as well as reducing pollution and waste. By leveraging new Modern LAN design principles, NMSU was able to develop a plan to responsibly modernize to IP. Black Box (the system integrator) discovered PoLRE® (Power over Long-Reach Ethernet) switch technology, capable of transmitting data and power over new or existing telephony infrastructure 4 times farther than standard Ethernet switches. This solution allowed the customer to:

  • Eliminate the need to rip/replace/rebuild the existing and reliable infrastructure, greatly reducing material consumption and preventing approximately 21 tons of cables from entering a landfill
  • Use the existing wiring closets, as opposed to equipping 100+ new closets with backup power and cooling, further reducing material and ongoing energy consumption
  • Reduce the deployment time by 90%, minimizing the disruptions and frustrations to students and faculty. This also reduced the amount of travel during the implementation phase, greatly reducing harmful emissions

IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) measures and recognizes environmentally responsible IoT projects. New Mexico State University was awarded the highest rating, 5 stars, for their environmentally responsible modernization to IP telephony.

Creating a Secure Network

As companies modernize to the Internet of Things, each additional IP endpoint connected to the network represents a potential access point for malicious activity. In DartTrace’s 2017 Global Threat Report, it was determined that hackers gained unauthorized access to critical company data through various IoT endpoints, including thermometers, smart artboards, and server closets.

Modern LAN principles provide a fundamentally new approach to network design. For New Mexico State University, leveraging the existing and reliable point-to-point network topology created a physically separate but functionally integrated network path for the new IP phones, ensuring the security of the core business network. “[The solution] allowed us to leverage the centralized location and backup capabilities and create a robust IP backbone for our new IP phones,” says Ray Cadena, NMSU’s Manager of Telecommunication Systems.

A Better Return on Investment

By leveraging PoLRE innovation and applying Modern LAN principles, NMSU was able to significantly accelerate their return on investment. The University decreased deployment time by several years and saved over $1 million in infrastructure costs, reallocating more budget to ROI driving applications.

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Large Metropolitan Transportation System Leverages Existing Coax Infrastructure to Deploy Over 110 IP Security Cameras

A large transportation system is modernizing their security system as they continue their mission of providing safe and reliable transit. Public transportation is the foundation for building strong, connected communities, and everyone should feel safe travelling to work, school, or their weekend event.

The organization was relying on an outdated analog CCTV security system and decided to modernize to an IP-based solution across their major bus terminals and parking lots. To ensure the safety of the 340,000 daily riders, the organization is upgrading 110 analog devices to new high-resolution IP cameras. The new security system will deter criminal activity, as well as increase surveillance and recording capabilities.

Respect for Riders and Taxpayers

A project of this magnitude would usually take years to complete, as the traditional upgrade method involves ripping/replacing/rebuilding the network infrastructure to support IP devices. This process is extremely costly and would create significant disruption to riders. However, by applying Modern LAN design principles, the organization designed an upgrade plan that would eliminate these concerns.

Using CLEER24 switch technology, the organization will leverage their existing Coax-based infrastructure to transmit data and power to their new IP cameras. The solution will eliminate the need to rip-and-replace miles of cabling, reducing deployment time by 90% and saving over $15,000 of taxpayer funds. The switch’s long reach capabilities will allow the customer to connect cameras up to 4,000ft. (1,220m) away, providing complete surveillance coverage in the vast open spaces of the bus terminals and parking lots.

Environmental Responsibility

The transportation system is committed to environmental responsibility and continuous improvement. The SmartDriver program provides training to all operators, which is proven to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The training also teaches operators how to reduce wear and tear on vehicle components, extending their life span and reducing material consumption. When the decision was made to modernize the security system, the organization was concerned about the project’s environmental impact.

Aligned with the organizations sustainability programs, the security modernization will prevent 6,600 pounds of Coax cable from ending up in a landfill. The transportation system has also eliminated the need to upgrade the existing server closets, further reducing the project’s e-waste and ongoing energy consumption.

Satisfied with the solution, the transportation system plans to use FLEX switch technology to implement a new IP intercom system.

Modern LAN Design

The transportation system took a pro-active approach to finding new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, the organization will save taxpayer money, eliminate risk and disruption, reduce negative impact on the environment, fast track their IP modernization and build a secure robust platform for their new IP security solution.

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NVT Phybridge Introduces New Modern LAN Technology with the Launch of EC Extender Kits

NVT Phybridge expands its award-winning CLEER IP over Coax product family with the EC Extender Kits, making it more efficient for businesses around the world to move to IP and the Modern LAN.

Oakville, Ontario (June 26, 2018) – The NVT Phybridge EC Extender Kits are designed to supercharge the downlink ports of a standard Ethernet switch delivering PoE over Coax infrastructure with distances up to 4,000ft (1,220m). That’s 12X the reach of standard Ethernet switches, thus removing the costs and disruptions associated with multiple IDF closet requirements. Each EC Extender Kit is conveniently packaged and includes an EC-Link+ or EC4 Adapter, an EC-Base Extender, and an external power supply.

“The EC Extender Kits are the perfect addition to help us expand our product offering, making sure we can provide a solution for every customer need. The Extender Kits were designed to help customers enhance the capabilities of a standard ethernet switch by eliminating the 328ft (100m) reach limitations. Customers can extend IP/PoE 12X farther using the EC Extender Kits.” said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “Businesses can now take full advantage of Modern LAN principles and avoid major traditional challenges as they look to connect IP endpoints to IP applications.”

The EC and CLEER series of products make modernization to IP simple, secure and cost- effective by leveraging new or existing coax infrastructure. The EC Extender Kits are enablers of Modern LAN principles and are IoTᴳ certified.

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Success Story: Avoid the Disruption of Hospital Renovations while Modernizing to IP

The Internet of Things is being adopted by organizations all around the world, of all sizes, and in all industries. In healthcare, upgrading to IP telephony often results in extremely disruptive hospital renovations that negatively impact patient care. By applying Modern LAN* principles, healthcare organizations are eliminating fundamental barriers to IP adoption.

The Unique Challenges of Hospital Renovations

A University Medical Center located in the United States was looking to create an IP-based emergency phone network that would remain operational in the event of a network outage. However, renovations required to rip-and-replace the existing wiring infrastructure to support the new IP phones would be extremely disruptive to patient care. In any medical facility, areas under construction need to be closed and sealed off to prevent contamination from airborne pathogens. As renovations in different areas are finished, these containment zones are taken down and set back up at the next renovation area. This process is extremely time and cost intensive.

Hospital renovations also decrease the amount of space for patient care, as any area under construction is not accessible. Foot traffic also needs to be re-routed around the renovation areas, and the alternative routes are often inefficient and frustrating for staff, patients, and visitors. To complicate the project even further, the University Medical Center operates in a building over 100 years old. To maintain the building’s historical integrity, the renovation process would be more complicated, take longer and create even more mess and disruption.

Modern LAN Innovation

Using Modern LAN principles, the medical center established an upgrade plan that would prevent the extremely disruptive and time intensive renovation process. The medical center discovered that by using the PoLRE™ switch, they could avoid the entire renovation headache. Modern LAN principles state that network design should be approached from an outside-in perspective. By first evaluating the needs of the endpoints, it was determined that by using new long reach switch innovations, the customer could leverage the existing CAT3 infrastructure to provide the exact power and bandwidth requirements up to 1,200ft (365m).

The University Medical Center’s commitment to health, safety, and innovation allowed them to:

  • Avoid months of disruptive renovations, ensuring the safety of all staff, patients, and visitors
  • Create a separate and robust IP backbone for the emergency phones, maximizing the security of the core network
  • Deploy over 400 IP phones across the emergency network over just a few nights
  • Save over $300,000 in infrastructure costs, accelerating the project’s return on investment

Environmental Responsibility

By leveraging Modern LAN principles, the University Medical Center significantly reduced the project’s impact on the environment. The hospital was able to reuse 100% of their existing cabling infrastructure, which prevented approximately 240,000 feet of cable from ending up in a landfill (equivalent to the weight of 14 hospital beds!). The long reach capabilities of the new switches also eliminated the need to upgrade or install new IDF closets, further reducing material and energy consumption. IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) awarded the University Medical Center with a 4-star project rating for an environmentally responsible modernization to IP.

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Success Video: Megaplaza Jaén Ensures Physical and Cyber Security While Modernizing to Bosch IP Cameras

Customer Success Story

Megaplaza Jaén is one of the largest shopping centers in Peru, located in the northern city of Jaén in the Cajamarca Region. Building a robust and complete surveillance solution was of paramount importance to the owners of this modern-day shopping center to ensure the security of all staff and visitors.

Physical Security

Today, the mall is host to a wide variety of businesses, including restaurants, retail outlets, banks, car dealerships, and a movie theatre. Megaplaza Jaén determined that to provide the most effective security to mall staff and visitors, the surveillance system needed to be IP-based, given the higher resolution and more comprehensive applications available. The immense size of the three-story shopping mall presented critical challenges in the implementation of an IP-based security system. The distances required to connect the cameras to areas inside and outside the mall was well beyond the 328ft reach limitations of standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches. Megaplaza Jaén had a robust coax wiring infrastructure throughout the entire facility that the owners were confident in leveraging to support the new surveillance system.

Although the project was facing challenging obstacles, nothing was going to interfere with Megaplaza Jaén’s commitment to safety. By applying Modern LAN* principles, Megaplaza Jaén discovered the long reach, coax to IP enabling CLEER switch. The solution was able to utilize the reliable coax infrastructure to transmit high-quality live video feeds to a centralized monitoring location. The long reach PoE capabilities ensured that cameras could be placed throughout the entire building, ensuring the safety of individuals in all locations including parking lots and loading areas.

Cyber Security

As more and more companies adopt the Internet of Things, cybersecurity has become a top concern. Companies of all sizes and all industries are at risk of malicious activity, especially individuals and groups attempting to steal consumer and company data. The Ponemon Institute found that 7 out of 10 organizations believe their security risk increased significantly in 2017.

In the connected world of the Internet of Things, each “thing” on the network represents a possible entrance for a hacker. In DarkTrace’s Global Threat Report from 2017, it was determined that hackers gained unauthorized access to networks through various IoT devices including smart artboards, thermometers, and server rooms.

For Megaplaza Jaén, the direct point-to-point network topology of the PoE enabling technology, along with the option for a firewall at the convergence point to the main network, ensures robust protection against unauthorized access. Also, the reduction of IDF closet requirements due to long reach PoE innovations means fewer server rooms to keep secure from hackers.

Environmental Responsibility

Megaplaza Jaén was awarded a 5-star IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) project rating for their environmentally responsible modernization to IP. The company avoided installing new Ethernet cabling and reduced IDF closet requirements by 90%, reducing the project’s e-waste, consumption of resources, and ongoing energy costs.

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BLOG: The Important Distinction Between “Reuse” and “Recycle”

“Reuse and refurbishment represent the greatest value recovery opportunity from used devices”

The terms reuse and recycle are often used synonymously, however it’s important to understand the difference between them. Recycling involves breaking down a product into raw materials, and then using the raw materials to create new goods. Reuse is to re-purpose an existing asset for a new use, and that’s exactly what our solutions do. We can transform your existing CAT3 or Coax cabling into an IP path with power to support various IP endpoints.

Recycling’s Environmental Impact

Ever since it’s explosion in the 1980’s, skeptics and advocates have debated whether or not recycling has a net positive impact on the environment. Surface level recycling benefits are obvious. Reduce the amount of waste that is burned or buried in a landfill, and conserve the Earth’s limited natural resources, which involves a very destructive process to extract. However, it’s important to understand that recycling does come at an environmental cost.

Unlike reusing existing wires which has a 100% benefit to the environment, trucks must transport recyclable products – requiring energy and creating pollution. Once at the recycling plant more energy is used, and pollutants created to transform the product back into raw materials. We must also consider what kind of products are being made with the recycled materials. Closed-loop recycling is most efficient. This is, for example, when a plastic bottle is recycled into another plastic bottle – and so the process can continue indefinitely. However, the closed-loop is often broken when items are recycled into less desirable products that can’t be recycled. For example, when a plastic bottle is recycled into plastic fibers for clothing.

Recycling Effectiveness

The effectiveness of a reuse strategy is always 100% environmentally friendly, however this is unfortunately not true for recycling. The effectiveness of recycling depends largely on location as each country, state, and municipality have unique regulations, programs, and facilities. The gap can be staggering. According to Eurostat, in 2016 Sweden recycled almost 50% of all their waste, while Romania only recycled about 13%. The raw material itself is also an important variable to consider. Aluminum is one of the most effective, requiring approximately 90% less energy when made from recycled materials. However, recycled glass only results in about 20% energy savings.

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides industry-led and regulated recycling programs for unwanted electronics. According to the EPRA, recycled cables and wires are harvested for their metal, which means non-metal components are considered waste.

Not All Waste is Recycled

As mentioned previously, not all waste is recycled. Many organizations modernizing to IP believe they need to install the newest cabling infrastructure to support their endpoints. Let’s assume a company is planning to rip-and-replace their current telephony infrastructure and operates out of a 40,000 square foot facility with 200 employees. Approximately 22,000 feet of cabling could potentially end up in a landfill. On the other end of the spectrum, a larger facility – such as a cruise ship – could have as much as 750,000 feet of telephony cable. That’s over 11 tons of waste! Many IoT endpoints do not have high bandwidth requirements, meaning upgrading to newer Ethernet cabling is both a waste of budget and an unnecessary burden to the environment.

There’s A Better Way

In EPRA’s 2017 Environmental Report, the organization states “reuse and refurbishment represent the greatest value recovery opportunity from used devices.” Businesses too often rip-and-replace their reliable and proven existing infrastructure in their pursuit of the Internet of Things. Do yourself and the environment a favour, let us help you transform your cabling infrastructure to support IP endpoints.

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NVT Phybridge, Inflow Partner to Help Customers Modernize to IP

Inflow Technologies acts as the perfect link to connect NVT Phybridge to system integrators, resellers and customers.

 

NVT Phybridge, a global leader in long reach power over Ethernet, has formed a strategic partnership with Inflow Technologies, an established player in the IT Distribution service market serving India and South Asia. Inflow will begin offering the NVT Phybridge CHARIoT Series, a portfolio of long reach PoE solutions that help customers modernize to IP with ease. Inflow Technologies acts as the perfect link to connect NVT Phybridge to system integrators, resellers and customers looking to quickly and efficiently turn new or existing infrastructures into IP paths with power.

Customers trust NVT Phybridge CHARIoT solutions to meet their most demanding security and up-time requirements during network changes. The most powerful federal agency in the world, the leader in space research, local and state governments, Fortune 500 companies, leading hospitality brands, colleges and universities have all leveraged CHARIoT Series innovations to eliminate infrastructure barriers and successfully modernize to IP.

“The CHARIoT Series solutions are designed to eliminate every barrier during the upgrade to IP. Security risk and breaches during network refresh is a top concern,” said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “Our mission is to help every customer first establish the needed IP platform and extended IP connectivity to places where people are able to do their best work – comfortably, efficiently, and securely. We are excited to have Inflow Technologies help us with our India and South Asia expansion.”

“NVT Phybridge is a global leader in Power Over Long Reach Ethernet (PoLRE), and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them,” said Rajesh Kumar, VP Tech BU of Inflow Technologies. In addition to welcoming such a prominent global technology company to our family of vendors, we look forward to working together on a wide range of strategic projects.

Inflow has tremendous experience in the IT Infrastructure Distribution market and has a team of professionals ready to deliver some of the best distribution services in the market today. NVT Phybridge solutions provide new capabilities to your network to support devices and applications at farther distances. We see this partnership as an important element of our distribution network which will widen the reach of our products and solutions in the market, thereby making it easier for our customers to do business with us. For over a decade, both NVT Phybridge and Inflow Technologies have been engaged in enabling partners and customers to deliver and adopt new technologies, with major recognition from the industry.

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Success Story: Large Healthcare System Uses Modern LAN Principles to Deploy Over 900 Avaya IP Phones

Legacy communication networks suffer from limited functionality, which in-turn results in frustrations and inefficiencies for management and staff. These frustrations can have an extremely negative trickle-down effect on the customer or patient experience. A large healthcare system decided it was time to solve this issue; to modernize their communication network in several locations across the Northwestern US, including multiple medical centers, critical access hospitals, and medical clinics. In this case, one of the top concerns was operational efficiency, and the legacy CS1000 platform was becoming increasingly inefficient and extremely costly to maintain.

The major challenge in this modernization to IP was the physical network infrastructure upgrades. The process would be extremely costly, time-consuming, and complex, as each location would have to rip/replace/rebuild the existing CAT3 infrastructure with Ethernet. Additionally, extensive power and cooling upgrades were required in hundreds of IDF closets to support even more standard reach PoE switches. Upgrading the cabling and IDF closets would be extremely disruptive to business and would result in a significantly lower quality patient and visitor experience. These network upgrades left the customer frustrated and uncertain how to proceed, forcing the project to be delayed indefinitely.

The customer learned about NVT Phybridge, and the PoLRE (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch. The PoLRE switch was the perfect solution. Not only does the PoLRE switch transmit data and power over CAT3 cable, it can transmit data and power over CAT3 up to 1,200ft (365m). This meant that the customer could leverage the existing reliable and proven cabling infrastructure to support the modernization to Avaya IP phones. Now each of the customer’s multiple locations could take full advantage of VoIP and PoE capabilities, fast-tracking the modernization to their new UC/collaboration solution.

This large healthcare system deployed over 900 Avaya IP phones without replacing the existing cabling infrastructure and without upgrading any IDF closets, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and with far less disruption to business. The IoT to the Power of Green recognizes this project for preventing extreme waste from ripping/replacing/rebuilding the network infrastructure, along with eliminating the need for extensive power and cooling upgrades to the IDF closets – and awarded the project a 5-star rating.

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